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Lesson: Mexico


Author: Katherine L
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 1 - 12

Introduction

Our Neighbors to the south have rich cultures, traditions and society. We will go online to learn about their culture, government, economics and geography by gathering information on each of the 5 themes of geography! Vamanos Amigos, a la Mexico!

Goals

Students will become familiar with the following aspects of Mexico: culture, government, economics and geography using the 5 themes of geography Students will be able to compare and contrast all of these elements of Mexico with the same elements in the United States

Directions

Hola, Amigos. Each day we will going to new websites to research information about Mexico. The activites will lead you through these websites. Your final project will be to create a travel Brochure for people who are taking a trip there. Enjoy your Trip!


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Title: Activity 5- Pete's PowerPoint URL: http://countries.pppst.com/mexico.html
Directions: This website contains many poweroint presentations about Mexico. It also provides activites, games, clip art and other materials about Mexico


Title: Mexico-- CIA Factbook URL: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
Directions: This website is from the United States Government. It is specifically from the CIA and give detailed facts about Mexico. Great up to date source for information


Title: Mexico for Kids URL: http://www.elbalero.gob.mx/index_kids.html
Directions: This website gives us a good introduction to Mexico. Be sure to open each tab on all of the pages as you explore. Don't forget to take notes in your journal.


Title: Kids Connect- Mexico URL: http://www.kidskonnect.com/content/view/322/27/
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Title: Scholastic Time- Mexico URL: http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/kids/hh/goplaces/main/0,28375,591663,00.html
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Message: There is an amazing number of Vocabulary words that I could give you. Instead, I want you to collect words that are important to you as you learn about Mexico Each day as you do your research please collect 4 new vocabulary words that are connected to what you are doing that day. Be sure to give a clear definition in your own words.
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Activity: Activity 1-Mexican Flag


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Goals

Students will recognize the Mexican Flag and Label the parts of the Flag

Directions

Click on URL to go to a map puzzle. Get a blank copy of the Mexican Flag and color it correctly. Be sure to read the information about the flag. Click back on the URL, and read what the coaches have to say. Be sure to click on the SUMMARY on the drop down menu and completely answer the questions asked



Activity: Activity 2- Mexican Map


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Goals

Students will be able to identify a map of Mexico, and label a blank map.

Directions

Complete the puzzle of the map. Get a black copy of the Mexican map, label all parts than answer the questions about the map of Mexico Click back on the URL, and read what the coaches have to say. Be sure to click on the SUMMARY on the drop down menu and completely answer the questions asked



Activity: Day 4- Kids Cyberhunt in Mexico


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Students will learn about Mexico through the 5 themes of Geography.

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Buenos Dias, or perhaps it is Buenos Tardes? Depending on wether it is morning or the afternoon. Today's activities will take you on a cyber hunt in Mexico. Take time to explore the website that answer each quesiton. Be sure to get at least 2- 3 NEW facts for each theme of geograpy. Use the Journal Tab to keep track of your 2 sided notes. Adios



Activity: Day 3- TIme for Kids: Mexico


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Goals

Students will be able to take research notes as they go through this overview section.

Directions

This is a virtual trip to Mexico for us. It is a nice overview of Mexico before we get down to the research. Be sure to get at least 2- 3 NEW facts for each theme of geograpy. Use the Journal Tab to keep track of your 2 sided notes. Adios Be sure to send me a postcard from Mexico telling me what you learned today! klisk@flintschools.org



Activity: Activity 5: Pete Present MEXICO! Viva La Mexico!


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Students will read and take 2 sided notes in their online journal about Mexico and the 5 themes of geography.

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Que Tal Mihos? This website will probably take several days for you to exxplore. Again, take 2 sided notes, adding new facts for each theme of geography.



Activity: Mexico Vocabulary Power


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Students will add at least 3 new wordsand their definition daily to their vocabulary collection.

Directions

List at least 3 new words and their definitions to your vocabulary journal today!




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